It was only a matter of time before BlackBerry’s hat was thrown in to the 3D ring.
Sharp, HTC and perhaps Apple are set to launch 3D smart-phones in the near future, and now it seems Research In Motion (RIM) have put plans in place for its BlackBerries to feature a tridimensional display.
RIM has bought Swedish company The Astonishing Tribe (TAT), who are specialists in producing user interfaces, described by themselves as ‘beautiful’.
TAT has been working on 3D displays for some time and the technology it has developed would be perfectly suited to smart-phone use, with one feature being the switch to a 3D interface based on the users hand position.
However the BlackBerry is more of a functional device, and is not geared towards entertainment like the iPhone is. The user interface is smaller, and whether the market that the phone appeals to would see the value of 3D is questionable.
Despite Google Android and Apple smart-phones proving hugely popular, BlackBerry has it’s own corner of the market and is widely trusted by businesses the world over.
A move into 3D may jeopardise this emphasis on functionality that has proved so popular, but would still be interesting.
Perhaps RIM has its eye on making its flagship device more of an entertainment device, or has chosen to invest in 3D for mapping services.
Either way, 3D is now clearly on the agenda of every consumer electronics manufacturer worth its salt.